Lorac Social Affair Lipstick Set

Do you love beauty products?  Do you love a deal?  How about when you find the two together?  The Holiday season is the best time to purchase some of your favorite beauty products.  This is the time of the year when cosmetics companies bundle their products together into one box for a great deal!

Recently I purchased the Lorac Social Affair Lipstick and Happy Hour Hues Lip gloss set.  If you follow my blog you know that I love Lorac products and their lipstick and lip gloss never fail.  The lipstick set costs $36.00 for 5 lipsticks.  The lip gloss set costs $25.00 for 5 lip glosses.  The lipsticks retail for $17.00 each and the lip gloss retails for $16.00 so these sets are an amazing bargain for the quality of product you receive.

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These sets each come with 5 colors that are very different from one another so you have the option to have a natural lip color or a bold one.  As you can see from the swatches below the lip colors are so pretty and easy to use.  Provocateur is pretty dark and may scare off even the most daring person but if that isn’t your color you can always mix it with another lipstick or add the Angel lip gloss on top to adjust the color accordingly.  Any lipstick or lip gloss can be mixed to create a color that is perfect for you!

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Lip Gloss Swatches                Lipstick Swatches

Lorac lipsticks are one of my absolute favorite lipsticks on the market.  The color payoff is amazing and you don’t have to keep reapplying throughout the day.  Many times I use these on clients and they always ask what I used because it lasted so long.  If worn alone the lip gloss can last longer than most lip glosses I’ve used but it will not last as long as the lipstick which is typical of lip gloss.  I like to wear these two lip products together for that added shine and the longevity of the lipstick.  So, if you have a certain someone who you need to get a gift for or if you just want to treat yourself these lipsticks will not let you down!  These sets can be found at your local Kohls or Ulta stores.

Stay Beautiful!

Love & Lipstick,

Billie Jo

 

 

L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Eye Shadow Review

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These were the only colors that I purchased.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any new blogs due to summer being here.  Not only am I a busy Wife and Mom to 2 boys but I have had weddings every Saturday since May.  So, when I woke up this morning my first thought was “boy am I tired” and my second was “I need to do a blog on my most recent favorite product.”

I was on the hunt for the perfect Rose Gold eye shadow.  After all Rose Gold looks amazing on just about everyone.  So, I put the request on a Facebook page just for professional makeup artists.  After several responses recommending L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Eye Shadow in Amber Rush I decided I would head to my local Walgreens and pick it up.  Of course I saw so many other beautiful colors so what was supposed to be a quick trip for 1 eyeshadow turned into way more than 1.  Bonus: Walgreens had them on sale for buy one get one 1/2 off and I cannot refuse a good sale!

This is the description taken from the L’Oréal website: For the 1st time ever, L’Oréal Paris introduces an ultra intense eye shadow that lasts from day until dawn—a full 24 hours. This revolutionary formula fuses the ease of a powder with the velvety caress of a cream to create a unique hybrid that glides on effortlessly. And with its unique technology, your eyes are enhanced with pure, magnified pigment. Make a lasting impression without batting an eye.
(Intense, maximized color; Luxurious powder-cream texture; 24-hour long-lasting hold; Waterproof, crease resistant, fade resistant).

Those statements are all true!

What I love about these eyeshadows is the color payoff is amazing and a little goes a long way.  In fact, I used my brush and when I dipped it into the shadow it didn’t look like much was on my brush but there was a ton of color.  The color is very buildable.  Most of the colors have a shimmer finish to them with a couple having a matte or sparkle finish.  I usually don’t put drugstore brands in my professional kit but I love these so much I couldn’t resist.  I figure if I can give someone a beautiful eye with these eyeshadows then why not!

What I don’t love about these is there is quite a bit of fallout due to their texture.  It seems like it would be a cream eyeshadow based on the package when in all actuality it’s a powder cream hybrid.  It’s not as loose as a a loose powder but not creamy like a cream shadow.  When you dip your brush into the eyeshadow it makes it more loose.  The best thing is to dip your brush and tap it off on the side so you don’t get much fallout on your face and always do your eyes before your foundation to avoid raccoon eyes.  Whatever you do don’t toss the plastic topper that comes on top of the eyeshadow.  This is what presses the eyeshadow back down after you’ve used it.  The other thing I didn’t love are the sparkle eyeshadows.  It may be good for a young teen but for a mature face or one that will be photographed it isn’t good.  Even with these couple of cons I would still buy these.

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Don’t discard this little plastic “topper”. It really does serve a purpose!

Here are the swatches.  I didn’t swatch every color.  I bought what I thought I would use.  There are some other colors (greens, blues, etc.) that were very pretty.

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Eyeshadow swatches in natural lighting. Disclaimer: Yes, that is my arm and yes, I have more arm hair than I care to have. 😉

 

There you have it!  I am absolutely head over heels with this product!

Love & Lipstick,

Billie Jo

 

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

1. Be Stress Free, Be Happy

On such an important day as your wedding you can be nervous and stressed.  Applying makeup takes a lot of patience that you may not have on your wedding day.  The stress leading up to the big day could leave you with breakouts that are hard to conceal. Leave it to your professional makeup artist to be there, completely calm and capable. As a professional makeup artist I can get you ready in a timely manner, and also make you look incredible. Getting pampered is so much more relaxing and so much better for a day that is supposed to be all about you!

2.  Makeup That Shows Up

You’ve heard it before:  makeup shows up differently in photos than it does to the naked eye.  It is important to wear more than you would on a daily basis, but it must be applied correctly to avoid a clownish or overly theatrical appearance.  The balance of how much product to use vs. how to apply it is crucial and as a makeup artist with experience I know exactly what to do.  While each bride’s request is different (some like it natural, others like a more dramatic look) each will be done perfectly so that it looks great for the camera.

3.  Photos To Last A Lifetime

Photography is one of the biggest and most important investments on your wedding day.  Looking your absolute best for the camera will make your photos look so much better.  If you feel great, you will look great and vice versa!

4.  I Can Give The Best Look For YOU

As a professional makeup artist I have seen it all: good skin, bad skin, dry skin, oily skin.  Best of all, I know how to make you look flawless no matter what your skin condition may be.  I know how to create your makeup to look perfect for your face, blending blush in the right place, contouring for your face shape, and choosing the best way to layer eye makeup for your eye shape.  All those little details that would just stress you out to do yourself…I’ve got that taken care of for you.

5.  I Have The Right Product And Then Some

I use tried and true professional products that have worked over and over to keep my brides looking effortlessly beautiful for their entire day.  There would be nothing worse than falling apart at your own wedding with makeup that doesn’t stay.  When you hire me as your professional makeup artist you will have makeup that will last all day and night.